Increasingly Newman College graduates are finding themselves in ministry situations in Western and Northern Canada where they are being asked to minister with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.  This may be in Aboriginal communities or in urban settings in parishes, schools and chaplaincies in health care or corrections institutions.

Newman College is developing new credit course and non-credit seminar initiatives related to ministry with Aboriginal peoples.   Newman is continuing its sponsorship of the Directions in Aboriginal Ministry summer program in partnership with the Building Bridges program of the Western Bishops.  New initiatives include noon-hour seminar series “Medicine Wheel Teachings - Stories and Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities” and "The Time after the TRC: Moving towards Right Relations and Mutual Respect", and credit courses on interculturation and ministry in Aboriginal community settings.

Summer Course Offering!

MPS 240N/STP 573N Decolonizing Pastoral Ministry II - McKeon

Students registered in this course must attend the conference below.

2016 DIRECTIONS IN INDIGENOUS MINISTRY CONFERENCE

Sponsored by Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops' Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs and Newman Theological College, Edmonton AB 

“DECOLONIZING PASTORAL MINISTRY II”

Indigenous Spirituality, Theology and Right Relationships of Respect and Integrity

Sunday, July 31, 3:00 PM, 2016 — Thursday, August 4, 2:00 PM, 2016

Location: Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2N2, www.cmu.ca


The systematic colonization of Indigenous Peoples in Canada occurred over several centuries creating imbalances and injustices which now require a healing process of reconciliation and decolonization.

We will explore how our pastoral ministry can: support healing and social transformation in overcoming the harmful legacies of colonization; be supportive of authentic reconciliation; and celebrate and strengthen the contributions of Indigenous peoples within the church and Canadian society.

Registration Form


Contact for More Information:
Sister Eva Solomon, CSJ, D. Min. , Coordinator of Building Bridges Project
Phone: 1-204-221-3539
E-mail: evasolomon@shaw.ca